Since the dawn of time drivers have relied on the SUV to be their chariot to guide them to safety. That's a lie. The sport utility vehicle became a hot-ticket item during the economic boom of the 1990s. Fueled by low gas prices, and an ever-expanding need to keep up with the Joneses sales grew. Today, the modern-day SUV is thought of as a tough, and roomy tank meant to take care of business and personal needs. Once only available in a large size, today's SUV is available in a plethora of styles, to fit every need. From subcompact to the ludicrous, there are options around every corner. But with so many choices, how can you be certain that you are choosing the right SUV for you?
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Long admired for their ability to produce economical cars that last, Hyundai has once again struck gold with the new Kona. Hyundai offers two models, the standard and the Kona Electric. One of the best values in subcompact SUVs, the 2019 Kona base model SE has a MSRP of $19,990. Even the top-of-the-line Ultimate starts at a reasonable $27,500. Hyundai offers a choice of powerful turbocharged engines that have an estimated fuel efficiency rating of 29 – 33 miles per hour on the highway. For such a low price, you might think you will have to settle for a scaled-down interior, but the Kona sports an upscale cabin that seats five. The base model is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and an 8-inch screen is available. Safety features, such as forward collision warning and lane-keep assistance, come standard, even on the base model.
This is a luxury compact worthy of the title. Designed for performance and style, the Cadillac XT4 has a sleek, sporty exterior. The XT4’s 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine is capable of producing 237 horsepower, plenty for your daily needs and beyond. Its 9-speed transmission is equipped with start/stop technology, and this Cadillac gets an impressive estimated fuel economy of 30 miles per hour. Inside, the ample cabin provides the most legroom in its class, with 39.5 inches to stretch out and relax. When it comes to cargo space, the XT4 excels, offering 48.9 inches worth with the seats down. With opulent leather interiors and advanced technology throughout, this year’s Cadillac XT4 makes a statement of quality and performance that dares other compact SUVs to rise to their level.
This year, Honda offers an economical, well-built midsize SUV that doesn’t skimp on anything. With plenty of room for five to travel in comfort, the new CR-V offers a maximum cargo capacity of 76 cubic feet. The CR-V is available in four trim levels, with the base LX trim outfitted with a 2.4-liter inline-4 that generates 184 horsepower and boasts around 32 miles per gallon on the highway. Other trims are equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo-four engine. Honda filled the new CR-V with great tech and safety features, including an available 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SiriusXM satellite radio and Honda Sensing driver assist package.
The aggressive, athletic look of the new RDX’s exterior is a hint about what lies beneath the hood of this midsize SUV. With a 10-speed automatic transmission, its powerful VTEC turbo-four engine is capable of producing 272 horsepower. Along with all that power, the 2019 Acura RDX also packs more interior space, leaving 30 cubic feet of cargo room with all five seats in use. The interior is filled with a host of standard features, such as 12-way adjustable, heated front seats, 10.2-inch dash display, and a fantastic AcuraWatch safety system package that includes many active safety features and a rearview camera. Also standard is the beautiful panoramic moonroof, among the largest in its class. With a fuel economy estimated at 27 miles per gallon on the highway, the Acura RDX is the complete package.
For a quiet, incredibly comfortable ride, Buick introduces the new Enclave. This 3-row midsize SUV seats seven and still has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space available for your gear or shopping bags. Passengers will delight at the sumptuous cushions and smooth ride of this second generation of the popular SUV. As a bonus, the 2019 Enclave costs less than most luxury SUVs that can hold seven people, starting at around $40,000 and going as high as $53,000 for all that comfort. With an estimated 26 miles per gallon on the highway, it is very fuel-efficient. Loaded with an impressive array of standard features, including safety tech and infotainment options, the Buick Enclave just keeps getting better with age.
Leave it to Porsche to design an SUV that’s as much fun to drive as it is practical. The sporty handling of this luxury midsize SUV will make you feel like you’re driving a performance sports car as you glide effortlessly over the road. The Cayenne offers a choice of three powerful engines, capable of generating from 335 - 550 horsepower. Agile handling takes the curves with ease, leaving the competition in the dust. With comfortable seating for five adults, the interior of the 2019 Cayenne is outfitted with an array of standard features, including the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, which boasts a 12.3-inch touchscreen and navigation. Not ones to skimp on the finer things in life, the new Porsche Cayenne can be equipped with a panoramic sunroof, four-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker Bose stereo system, and backseat entertainment system. You won't have to do without style or performance to get the room you need from an SUV with the new Porsche Cayenne.
A lot has happened since the first Toyota RAV 4 made its debut. The new fifth generation compact crossover SUV adds a stylish, well-defined look to this popular model and optimizes its performance and handling. Generating 203 horsepower, this economical hybrid gets about 34 miles per gallon on the highway. Improved steering design brings smoother handling right to your fingertips, for a well-controlled ride. Its large interior seats five people and boasts 38 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2019 RAV4 also offers more luxury options, like a power liftgate and heated and cooled front seats. If you opt for the Adventure model, you can take the new Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid off-road for even more fun.
With a strong powertrain and upscale cabin, the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is everything you want in a midsize SUV. The new Highlander Hybrid leads its class in fuel economy, providing an impressive 29 miles per gallon in the city. Seating seven, or eight if you stick with the second-row bench seat, the Highlander can accommodate 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space, maximum. With the Toyota Safety Sense now standard in the Highlander, you automatically get the best driver-assist features in the industry, even in the base LE model. And with 306 horsepower under your control, there’s not much you can’t accomplish with your Highlander Hybrid.
This year’s Forester has been completely redesigned and offers the most room of any compact SUV available. With two rows that seat five, everyone can ride comfortably, while still leaving 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space for your gear. The wide rear gate helps make loading and unloading much easier. The 2019 Subaru Forester also comes with more standard safety technology than the previous versions and comes equipped with a rearview camera. The Eyesight package of driver assistance features includes lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking among its offerings. The Forester handles rough road surfaces with ease, ensuring a smooth ride for everyone.
For the third generation of the Sorento brand, Kia added a selection of upgrades, making the 2019 a great value, with base prices starting at $26,900. The estimated fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon on the highway ensures continued savings. With a fresh, agile look, the new Sorento is a midsize crossover that deserves a little attention. The upgraded cabin is nicely equipped, offering a user-friendly touchscreen infotainment system. The 2.4-liter inline-4 comes standard, and a 3.3-liter V-6 engine is also available, producing 185 – 290 horsepower, provides all the power you need for your daily activities.
An iconic SUV with a long history of reliability, the Chevy Tahoe has stood the test of time and keeps coming back with more. The new Tahoe line adds an optional Premier Plus edition for 2019 that is overflowing with technology and safety assist features. The wide, cushioned front seats offer comfort and support for those long drives. Seating up to nine passengers, the Tahoe’s powerful V-8 engine is capable of producing between 355 and 420 horsepower, ample towing power, while still getting 21 – 23 miles per gallon on the highway. For a large SUV, the Tahoe has incredibly agile handling, providing a smooth, enjoyable ride for all. Boasting a wide array of standard features, such as the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and built-in Wi-Fi, the Chevrolet Tahoe is prepared to get you where you’re going in style.
With a completely redesigned version of this iconic crossover, Ford raises the bar for all SUVs. Made for on and off-road adventure, the new Expedition offers tremendous interior space and more power than most will ever need. Seating eight with the standard second-row bench seats, it provides three rows of comfort for its passengers. To make the ride even more enjoyable, reclining second and third-row seats are standard, as is the 6-way adjustable power driver’s seat. The 2019 Expedition gives you a maximum cargo capacity of 105 cubic feet, plenty to haul almost anything. The 3.5-liter twin turbo V-6 engine of the base XLT and Limited versions packs an incredible 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. With the Platinum trim, that is raised to an amazing 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
For the best in off-road performance, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover is ready and willing. With a cushy ride and spacious seating, the Range Rover adds a plug-in hybrid for the first time. The 4WD luxury large SUV hasn’t become an icon without ample reasons. Seating four to five people, the Range Rover offers plenty of room to get comfortable on your journey. The interior’s beautiful craftsmanship and high-quality materials easily identify this as a luxury vehicle. The hands-free liftgate comes standard, making it easy to load and unload. It offers 32 cubic feet of cargo space without putting the back seats down, plenty of room for a weekend away. When you fold the rear seats down, the standard wheelbase Range Rover supplies 68.6 cubic feet of space for hauling. Loaded with standard features, like the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system and double 10-inch touchscreens, navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot, and 13-speaker sound system, you may never want to get out. Safety tech abounds, with rearview camera forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist standard.
The Lincoln name has long been associated with the ultimate in luxury and performance, and the 2019 Navigator is no exception. From its roomy cabin to its amazing towing capacity, the Navigator is ready to impress even the pickiest of car buyers. Seating seven people comfortably on three rows, the interior surrounds you in opulence with its elegant leather upholstery and wood trim. In terms of power, this Lincoln tops the charts, with a 3.5-liter V-8 twin-turbo that generates 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Packed with a stellar array of standard features, the new Lincoln Navigator is incredibly well-fitted without adding a single upgrade.